Pylgremage of the Sowle
As Middle English goes, Pylgremage of the
Sowle (unknown author, 1413) is
much easier to read than Chaucer:
iourneyed by the perylous pas of Pryde, by the
malycious montayne of Wrethe and Enuye, he hath
waltred hym self and wesshen in the lothely lake of
cursyd Lechery, he hath ben encombred in the golf
of Glotony. Also he hath mysgouerned hym in the
contre of Couetyse, and often tyme taken his rest
whan tyme was best to trauayle, slepyng and
slomeryng in the bed of Slouthe.
I initially misread “Enuye” as “ennui”, understanding it as sloth.
But when sloth showed up at the end, I realized that it was simpler
than I thought, it's just “envy”.
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